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Monday, January 09, 2006

It says so in the Bible. 

Luke 4:7 has an amazing promise for us:
"If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours."

I was hoping for another top-ten list today, but I think I'm going to have to let it ride at half a dozen for now. I would like to submit to you six verses that in my experience are most often quoted completely out of context. Then you can look up the verse above and see how dangerous that can be.

Matthew 7:1 - "Judge not, that you be not judged."
This passage is about hypocrisy, not whether or not believers should be judges.

Matthew 18:20 - "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."
This passage is about church discipline, not small group ministry.

John 12:32 - "And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."
This passage is about the manner of Jesus' death, not worship and exaltation.

Acts 6:5 - "And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose..."
This passage is about elders delegating to the congregation, not the congregation dictating to the elders.

2 Peter 3:9 - "...not wishing that any should perish"
This passage is about repentance for the believer, not salvation for the lost.

Revelation 3:20 - "Behold, I stand at the door and knock."
This passage is about fellowship for the believer, not salvation for the lost.

A good article on this topic.

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